On behalf of Farmers and Settlers Association and Eastern Highlands Agriculture Society, I take this opportunity to thank all participants in the agriculture and rural sectors who contributed in cash and kind and participated in the 2012 Agri-Fair and Goroka Show from 14-16 September.
We also acknowledge the sponsors in various categories and Sir Brian Bell and Sir Sinake Farmers Prizes (Brian Bell) Ian Downs (Farmset) and donation of K10, 000 by Agriculture Minister, Hon Tommy Tomscoll (who opened the show).
The best public sector stall was put up by the National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) and best farmer groups by Coffee Industry Corporation’s Coffee Growers Cooperative Society and best private sector by Brian Bell Co Ltd.
We also commend the Ungai Bena District for sponsoring the accompanying Kangal Festival, which comprised members of the Ungai Bena Coffee Cooperative and appreciate the efforts of our Patron, Hon Benny Allan (MP for Undai Bena).
Further, we commend NARI, National newspaper, Post Courier newspaper, National Broadcasting Corporation, KBK (local radio station), and Wantok newspaper for publicity; and the National newspaper for putting together a Goroka Show Supplement. Finally we thank National Gaming Control Board for being the major sponsor (taking the naming rights) and all other sponsors of Goroka Show.
As usual, the Goroka Show organizing Committee will send formal letters and Certificates of Appreciation and financial and operating reports to all sponsors and important stakeholders by December 2012.
Without the participants, farmers, HFSA farmers and groups in various display categories of coffee, spices, food security, inland fish, apiculture, citrus, floriculture, livestock and general support of DAL Deputy Secretary, Mawe Gonapa, and Director Highlands, Kawage Teka and staff and Navi Anis (CIC CEO), Agriculture Chairman and CIC staff for logistics and Gideon Samuel, Chairman Goroka Show and Committee and support staff, the 56th Show would not be a success.
We look forward to seeing you all with more support in 2013. Please convey our appreciation to all your officers involved in this event.
Wilson Thompson, ML
President – HFSA & EHAS